Thirteen is considered an unlucky number but today is your lucky day because +5 Charisma has 13 Halloween tabletop games to make your October mingles morbid. Gather your cadaverous cronies for a night of dreadful diversion!

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Betrayal at House on the Hill 2004

  • Age 12+, 3-6 players

A group of investigators have entered a haunted house and together explore the terrors that await inside. As a team, players will build out the house and discover new omens and signs throughout. But beware, betrayal lurks in the title.


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Gloom 2005

  • Age 13+, 2-4 players

Every family has its stories and the bizarre families of Gloom have tales full of woe. In Gloom, each player will take control of the fate of one family. It is a player’s goal to bring as much misery and tragedy into the lives of their family members as possible before their untimely deaths and to bring positivity into the lives of their opponent’s families. The winning family will have the lowest cumulative value of self-worth when they’ve died. This game has a series of expansions that allow it to play up to seven players.


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Ghost Stories 2008

  • Age 12+, 1-4 player

A cooperative game in which players work together as Taoist monks to protect their village from being overrun by ghosts. These specters are attempting to reincarnate their master, the lord of hell, and only these four monks can exorcise the ghosts and stop evil from being reborn.


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Phantom Society 2013

  • Age 8+, 2-4 players

Players of Phantom Society may choose to play as ghost hunters, who must destroy the haunts infesting a 36-room manor, OR, they can play the ghosts, who are attempting to ruin the manor by causing or inciting damage to the rooms. The ghosts remain hidden throughout the game, trying to inflict at least £45,000 of damage but every bit of destruction may give away their location. The society of hunters must keep the manor as intact as possible but to expose the ghosts, they’ll have to add to the overall damage cost. Careful thought and plotting are required of both sides.

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Le Fantôme de l’Opéra 2013

  • Age 9+, 2 players

This game is for two players only but if you are a fan of the Gaston Leroux novel or its musical theater adaptation it’s a fun evening’s entertainment. The opera singer, La Carlotta, has many enemies (eight to be precise) and they each have a motive for driving her away from the Opera Garnier. One of these eight suspects is the true Phantom (known only to the Phantom player) and the Investigator must uncover the Phantom’s secret identity before Carlotta leaves. 


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Fury of Dracula 2015

  • Age 14+, 2-5 players

In this asymmetric game of Gothic horror one player takes on the role of Dracula. The vampire count travels in secret across Europe attempting to spread his influence. The other players, as vampire hunters, chase Dracula, trying to follow his trail of destruction and guess where he’ll go next. Each of the hunter characters (Mina, Harker, Seward, and Van Helsing) each have a unique ability that will help them track the Count.


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Village Crone 2015

  • Age 13+, 1-6 players

Witches have taken over the medieval village of Wickersby. By casting love spells, transforming villagers, and teleporting them about the village, these witches vie for the title of Village Crone and to be the most powerful witch in Wickersby.


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The Bloody Inn 2015

  • Age 14+, 1-4 players

In the year 1831 a small inn has been opened in a rural village of France. The managing family is not so hospitable as they seem and it is these gruesome innkeepers that players of Bloody Inn will control. In the quest to get rich, each family member will stop at nothing to rob the guests of the inn, not even murder. But tread lightly when the law has come to visit and be sure that you always have enough room for the bodies.


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Mysterium 2015

  • Age 10+, 2-7 players

A ghost, unable to recall its life and death, is trapped in a 1920s Scottish mansion. Eminent astrologer, Mr. MacDowell, calls upon the clairvoyant powers of his medium friends to communicate with the ghost and solve the mystery. The ghost, played by one of the 2 to 7 players, can only communicate with the mediums through visions, represented in the game by illustrated cards. Using these visions, the mediums have seven hours (seven game turns) to determine the murderer, the location, and the weapon of the crime. 


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Village Attacks 2017

  • Age 14+, 1-5 players

In this cooperative game players are the monsters! Creatures of folklore from around the world have come together to live in reclusive peace in a remote castle. But they find themselves under attack and must defend their home from an onslaught of angry villagers and mercenary heroes. 


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Halloween 2017

  • Age 12+, 2-4 players

Let’s remember the reason for the season, haunting. With a small army of ghosts at your disposal, players will summon spirits to haunt a human town. Gain haunting points by scaring humans, fighting off other ghosts, and being the spookiest of all.


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Visitor in Blackwood Grove 2017

  • Age 8+, 3-6 players

Maybe you prefer aliens to ghosts? Visitor in Blackwood Grove is for you. With a minimum of three, players are either the Visitor, an extraterrestrial newly arrived, the Kid, with whom the Visitor will attempt to communicate, or the Feds, one of the many shadowy government bureaus intent on finding and stopping the Visitor from making contact. Additional players will join the Feds’ team as another bureau, trying to be the first to reach the Visitor.


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Masque of the Red Death 2018

  • Age 14+, 4-7 players

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, a glittering party is stalked by a masked figure of death. Players are the noble attendees of a masquerade and hope to gain power by ingratiating themselves with the Prince. But as they move from room to room in this clock-like castle, they also realize that death is also at hand and they must survive the night if they are to wield that power.

Honorable mention Halloween tabletop games for younger players:

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Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters 2013

  • Age 8+, 2-4 players

If you Halloween party includes some younger spooks, Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters is a fantastic option. The game suggests an age range of 8+ but can be played with younger children too if time and patience is employed in helping them to understand (as young as 3 in our case). Four young heroes will brave a house of ghosts to collect priceless gems.


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Spookies 2015

  • Age 8+, 2-5 players

This is a press your luck game in which four brave youngsters and their dog will try to reach the top of the haunted house. Because it is mostly dependent on dice rolls, the game is not difficult for non-readers to learn and it favors the risk-taking inclinations of youth.

This list of Halloween tabletop games is by no means extensive but it covers a wide range of player ages, interest levels, and mechanic types. We hope that one or two have piqued your interest. Have fun!